First book devoted exclusively to Scotlandís Queens
Queenship is a subject increasingly important in gender studies
Lively and revealing miniature biographies
One of the earliest known Scottish queens was none other than the notorious Lady Macbeth. Was she really the wicked woman depicted in Shakespeareís famous play? Was St Margaret a demure and obedient wife? Why did Margaret Logie exercise such an influence over her husband, David ll, and have we underestimated James Vlís consort, Anne of Denmark, frequently written off as a stupid and willful woman? These are just a few of the questions addressed by Dr Marshall in her entertaining, scholarly study.
Much has been written about the various kings who ruled over Scotland, but this is the first book to deal exclusively with the queens, the few who were monarchs in their own right and also the consorts. Queenship is currently an important aspect of gender studies, and the lives of these largely forgotten women form fascinating miniature biographies while at the same time illuminating the authorís main theme: how did women chosen to be the brides of Scottish kings react to their usually arranged marriages, and how did they confront the overwhelming difficulties that all too often followed?
Rosalind K. Marshall is a well known writer and historian, and a Fellow of the Royal Society of Literature. She is the author of The Days of Duchess Anne: Life in the Household of the Duchess of Hamilton, 1656-1716, published by Tuckwell Press. She lives in Morningside, Edinburgh.